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Project Resilience

Due to urbanization and lack of employment opportunities, urban centres in India are facing severe urban ecological and socio-ecological challenges. To tackle these issues simultaneously and to better the living conditions in Delhi NCR, an initiative of creating resilience centres (an interface between Acedemia-Industry-Policy-Community) following the resilience framework (Sharma et al., 2017) at neighbourhood level was started in January 2015 by two Delhi University Alumnus, Dr. Seema Sharma and Mr. Arnab Bose under project resilience in Vivekananda College, University of Delhi, Vivek Vihar. The project was completed successfully in 2017 with several milestones achieved such as:–

  • Creation of Resilience Center (interface between academia-industry-policy-community; distributed and decentralized decision making framework) which is now run with in the community by three community coordinators on voluntarily basis.

List of Activities/Seminars/Workshops/Panel discussions conducted by RCVNC  (Resilience Center Vivekanada College) since January 2015 to till date

S.N.. List of Activities/seminars/workshops Dates Organized by No. of Participants
1 Workshop on “Community engagement activity to identify issues by the community to the community in Vivek Vihar area”


11th Jan 2015.


Department of Environmental studies (EVS Dept.)  More than 100 community participants
2 Capacity building workshop for students on resilience to in still resilience in society at community level.


12th Jan 2015.


EVS Dept. 20 students participants
Pic : Chairman, Prof. R.K. Sharma College and Principal Dr. Surinder Kaur with other faculties and student participants
3 Workshop on “Health and Sanitation: Women’s Perspective” 31st January 2015 EVS Dept. More 400 participants
Pic: Girls and women stakeholders of nearby area of Vivekananda College


4 Workshop on women empowerment and Livelihood- plausible options and way forward. 11th March 2015 RCVNC and EVS Dept. More than 300 participants
Pic: Yes Bank officials, students and womens of near by area along with RCGN members and  RCVNC coordinator Mrs. Purnima VIr, Associat. Prof., Food Technology Department, Vivekananda College, University of Delhi



Implementation of the resilience framework in North campus area –by organizing a community engagement activity using Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi as a platform.


11th of April 2015 EcoClub- Daulat Ram College More than 100 participants
Pic: resilience team, student participants, Daulat Ram College-coordinator Dr. Sarita Nanda (Associate Prof., Dept. of Biochemistry) and other faculties with College Principal Dr. Savita Roy during the event.


6 Official launch of Resilience Center Vivekananda College Chapter and internship opportunities to the undergraduate and post graduate students on the occasion of world environment day 2015.


8th June 2015 RCVNC and Vivekananda College, University of Delhi More than 200 participants
Pic: College Principal Dr. Surinder Kaur with other faculty members and interns


7 Event to conclude the summer internship activity by undergraduate students under RCVNC 31st July 2015 RCVNC and Dept. of Environmental Studies More than 200 participants
8 Workshop on importance of soils for food security, agriculture, as well as in mitigation of climate change, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development.


12th, 17th, 18th and 26th of September 2015.


RCVNC and EVS Dept. More than 150 participants

Pic: Special lecture and interactive session during the event on the subject with the external expert, Dr. S. D. Singh, Head, Center for environment science and climate resilient agriculture. Participants were, students, their immediate relatives, community people of Vivek Vihar and near by areas.


9 Workshop on air pollution: need and role of public participation in control and measures.


15th and 30th September and 1st and 3rd October 2015. RCVNC and EVS Dept. More than 150 participants


10 Workshop on energy efficiency for a sustainable way of life.


7th, 9th. 24th and 30th October.


RCVNC and EVS Dept. More than 150 participants


Pic: student participants with resilience relations experts during the event
11 Capacity building program for local community (electricians, plumbers, car mechanics etc.) on energy efficiency. 6th October 2015.


RCVNC and EVS Dept. 25
Pic: Community participants with resilience relations expert during the event


12 Resilience week celebration:

Following its core concept of


for issues at community level – Resilience Center (RCVNC) dedicated a week

(12th – 16th October) to be celebrated as

“Resilience Week”


Day wise activities planned for students, their immediate relatives, teaching and non-teaching staff of the college and other community people.


12th -16th October 2015.


RCVNC and EVS Dept. More than 250 participants each day


13 Community Day Celebration


The last day of the Resilience Week was celebrated as Community Day in the college, in which community of Vivek Vihar came into the college and interacted with the college Principal, faculty and students and share their views and opinion on academia-industry-policy-community interface (RCVNC) and how it can be made more impactful and useful with the community support.

16th October RCVNC and EVS Dept More than 250 participants


Pic: College Principal Dr. Surinder Kaur, RCVNC coordinator-Mrs. Purnima Vir, Dr. Seema Sharma, other important community people, Community coordinator Mrs. Ritu  and students during the event


14 Launch of Resilience Atlas


First of its kind initiative with Academia-Industry-Policy and Local Community on Board.


About Resilience Atlas

Resilience Atlas speaks about specific needs and issues of the community identified by the community itself. It also provides suggestions on the needs and issues  of the community and recommendations on the same by experts. Therefore, Resilience Atlas can be used as a guideline by community members. The atlas would provide with key information to each member of the community on their locality and the existing sustainable practices which can create opportunities to improve their quality of life at an individual and community level.. It can also be used for local area  reference purposes by policy makers or industry/corporate or academia or NGOs  specifically working for this locality.



17th October, 2015 RCVNC and EVS Dept More than 300 participants

Pic 1: from left to right—Dr. Arijit Das, Shiv Nadar Univesity; Dr, Annika Styczynski, Freie University Berlin; Mr. Ananda Banerjee, Senior Conservation Journalist, Author and Artist; Dr. Ashmindar Bahal, CEO- East Delhi, Member of Parliament office; Dr. Seema Sharma, Assistant Prof. & Convenor; Dr. Surinder Kaur, Principal, Vivekananda College, Mr. K.K. Dhama, Chairman, Vivekananda College, Mrs. Ritu Bhatia, Community Coordinator-Vivek Vihar; Mrs. Purnima Vir, faculty, food tech. dept. and Student members of Resilience Center Vivekananda College Chapter



15 Intercollege power point presentation competition on environmental issues for undergraduate and post graduate students.



17th October RCVNC and EVS Dept More than 250 participants
Pic: Dr. Annika, Dr. Arijit Das, Mr. Arnab Bose, Mr. Rohit Pathania with other faculty and students participants


16 Panel discussion on Air quality and Charter declaration on air quality with Academia-Industry-Policy and local Community on board


16th January


RCVNC and EVS Dept More than 250 participants
Pic: After panel discussion and open discussion on the issue, a charter was signed as an action plan at local level with the consent of academia-industry-policy-community.


Open competition for   innovative ideas on  how to control air quality at local level


23rd January


RCVNC and EVS Dept More than 250 participants
Pic: open competition with judges sitting in the front row— Mr. Jai Malik, The energy and resources institute; Mr. Rohit Pathania, Bloomberg energy; Dr. B.C. Sabata, Senior scientific officer, dept. of envt., Govt. of Delhi and two judges from community people- Ms. Usha Kiran ji and Mrs. Ritu Bhatia (community coordinator).



18 Launch of neighbourhood project to instil social resilience at local level—by the District Magistrate of  area


23rd January


RCVNC and EVS Dept More than 300 participants
Pic: launch of bring your neighbour closer campaign– by district magistrate of the zone, Sri Abhishek Singh along with senior scientific officer Dr. B.C. Sabata, dept. of Environment, Govt. of Delhi, RWAs, and other important people from academia, local policy, industry and community
19 Intercollege competition on how to make elderly and child friendly parks 4th March


 EVS Dept More than 200 participants
20 Launch of Police Public partnership project in Vivek Vihar


30th  April 2016 Resilience relations More than 300 participants
Pic: Launch of police-public partnership project in vivek vihar

Design for Sustainability Project

After successful completion of Project Resilience (pilot study) in East Delhi, to replicate this model throughout Delhi NCR (stage I), other metro cities (stage 2) and tier II and tier III cities (stage III) in India— project “Design for sustainability” was launched in collaboration with Department of Environment, University of Delhi (Project Investigator—Dr. Seema Sharma) and O.P. Jindal Global University (Co-Investigator—Mr. Arnab Bose). The project was launched during the first conclave for Design for Sustainability, held on 3rd June 2017 at the Department of Environment, University of Delhi. Under the project, the milestones achieved till date are:

  1. At present working in 200 localities in Delhi NCR
  2. Development of online interface called –SEENAB app (concept and design©2018 Seema Sharma & Arnab Bose)
  3. Development of online incentive mechanism called Ganesh
  4. Project brochure

Police Public Partnership Project

Police is one of the key stakeholders of our society and it has a major role in social harmony and resilience. Resilience Relations in its effort to instill resilience at local/community level (engaged with local community since January 2015)— interacted with some of the local stakeholders to figure out the current status  and gaps. You can watch this conversation online on Resilience Relations Youtube channel

We are calling this Police-Public Partnership Project as New PPP for Social Resilience.

This initiative is supported by

East Delhi-Vivek Vihar Community

Today’s policing needs are vastly different from the days when police forces were initially started. The old Kotwali system has been long gone, and policing today has modern scientific and social tools at its helm. One of the ways to go about it is building trust in the community, giving birth to the concept of community policing. Community policing relies on assessing public needs and addressing them in the best manner possible. A great example of the same is, the widely recognized Delhi Police initiative of Parivartan that seeks to address violence against women,

There are initiatives taken by the police towards community policing. However, there are ways to make such initiatives more effective. Hence, Resilience Relations is launching this PPP project which tries to bridge the gap and not just give it a facelift, but find ways in which it can be made even more robust and functional than ever, while building trust between the various stakeholders involved albeit in a conversational style.

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Elderly and child friendly parks project for social & ecological resilience

In the era of urbanization and industrialization the so called common man is so much busy into their day to day life that they often forget the values of elderly people, neighborhood and social interactions etc. which are the key for social and ecological resilience at community level. For neighborhood and community interactions public spaces such as parks play a very important role, it also allows elderly people to share their learning’s about social and ecological values to the younger generation of the community/society. Overall, the social and ecological resilience is something which is very important for our sustainable development.

Considering the need and importance of social interactions at community level, resilience relations in association with resilience center Vivekananda College Chapter (RCVNC) has started a project from October 2015 to figure out the current status of the parks in Delhi and to promote the concept of elderly and child friendly parks for social and ecological resilience. Nevertheless, parks are any community’s natural life support system and hence need to be properly structured and maintained throughout.

Important outcomes:

  • All most all parks of East Delhi are now considerably improved.
  • Awareness was created at the level of all stakeholders — local community, policy and industry
  • Initiatives of making parks elderly and child friendly has become a common phenomena in East Delhi– which often initiated by local RWAs/local residents of the locality in coordination with local MLA/MLC.

Day care system

There is a direct link between environment, sustainability and women empowerment as per the SDG5 (sustainable development goal-5) which says that women need to bring into the main decision making if we want to save environment and sustainable development. And to make women empowered having a resilient day care system in India is one of the major area which need lot of attention. Considering the need, the present study was conducted to figure out the current status of the day care systems in India (particularly Delhi). In brief, the study showed that there are several loopholes in setting up and running the day care centers in India both at execution and policy level. Last but not the least, if we really want to accomplish the SDG5, day care system in India need to be corrected and taken care on priority basis.

Project outcome:

  • Ethnographic study of parents and day care system has been conducted at the neighbourhood level to understand the actual nature of problems and solutions required.
  • Based on the research study– day care auditing through participatory method/approach are under progress.
  • Special tab for day care has been created on local empowerment zone of SEENAB app to rate the day care services at the neighborhoods.

Health and Sanitation
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Resilience Atlas is about neighborhood auditing and resilience index. It speaks about specific needs and issues of the community identified by the community itself. It also provides suggestions on the needs and issues  of the community and recommendations on the same by experts. Therefore, Resilience Atlas can be used as a guideline by community members, researchers, policy makers etc. The atlas would provide with key information to each member of the community on their locality and the existing sustainable practices which can create opportunities to improve their quality of life at an individual and community level.
In brief, India is a country of diversity, variety, locality and neighborhoods. Therefore understanding the issues through the cultural context lens and that too at the neighbourhood/locality level is important in order to bridge the disconnect between the governance of sustainable development goals and local realities across the world. Nevertheless, after 10 years of continuous ground research and analysis, the team of Resilience Relations has come up with interventions and solutions which are “Socially Acceptable, Culturally Suitable, Environmentally Sustainable & Technology Friendly”. Note: we are the team of research driven academic professionals who believe in bringing research to the table to serve the society.

Financial Gradient ConceptWe follow financial gradient concept to run the projects
Research methods and 3i (Inform, Inspire & Implement) Framework

Distributed and decentralized decision making tool for multilevel governance